$mall miracle shaping up

Only 8 more days to go in the budget cycle, and despite the $475 bill for the brake job, I’m only $13 in the red!

Amazing. Still will need to buy a half-tank of gas to make it to the end of next week, and probably will need to make one small grocery run. About $30 or$40 for gas and, say, $40 at the outside for groceries? Wow! Less than a hundred dollah over budget despite that unholy bill!!!!!

Because I haven’t run the heat or AC all month, the power bill is only $71.68. So there’ll of money left over from the nondiscretionary budget to cover that $100 shortfall.

It’s been a mighty boring and straitened three weeks. But at least the bank is not busted—I won’t have to draw down from savings to cover the car repair, after all. :-)

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Linda April 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Coupled with the notice from SS, that’s more good news this month! :-)

Every time I read one of your posts about your budget concerns I start to think about I need to be doing to minimize the risk that I’ll be in a similar place 20 years from now. What continues to worry me is that it sounds like you did everything “right” and still ended up in an uncomfortable position because of market adjustments (both investments and real estate) that were beyond your control. What would you tell your 20 year younger self to do differently? Is there anything you could have done differently? Maybe this could be a blog post of its own.

vinny April 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Ditto to everything Linda said. I’d love to read about the things you think you did right, the things you think you did wrong, what was ultimately beyond your control, and also – the things that kept you up at night 20 years ago that ended up being inconsequential to your future anyway.

Now that would be a clip-and-saver.

Barb April 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I too feel I have done everything right, and still it has not turned out like I planned – much worse in fact. 20 years ago, we had the future all planned out. I’m in my late 50s. My point in saying this is not to be a Debbie Downer, but to say that much is beyond one’s control. So continue to make wise decisions, but know that there is much more than just the part you control. I try to remember to count my blessings because we all have some of those too.

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